So I’m sure that the majority of you guys have at least heard of the recent movie The Intern as it’s been talked about a lot. For anyone who doesn’t know what I’m talking about or who needs a quick refresher on what the premise is, here’s how IMDb sums it up, “70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin.” Robert de Niro plays Ben Whittaker and Jules Ostin is played by Anne Hathaway.
I went to see this movie with my mother for my birthday a few weekends ago and let me tell you, this movie is great. It’s definitely family-friendly and is the perfect mix of funny and sweet. The range of relationships that are also displayed in this film are vast. Most of the relationships involve de Niro’s character with another character in the film, ranging from mentor-mentee, friendship, father-son, and grandfather-grandchild relationships.
Perhaps the greatest thing that stood out to me about this film is the generational gap between de Niro’s character and his co-workers. Despite being from an older generation, he showed his much younger co-workers that while he may not know all of the new technology that they have grown up with, he did have knowledge and experience that was still relevant and could be useful for them. Essentially what I’m trying to say is that each discovered there were still things they could learn from the other which is summed up in the movie’s tagline, “Experience never gets old.” This, I think, is such a good lesson and one that should be transferred over to our reality.
A few weeks ago, I was speaking with someone that I used to work with and they were giving me updates on the goings-on of the office and how some of the others who worked there were doing. It came up that things seemed to be changing and that many of the older workers were either retiring or beginning to be let go as whoever is in charge has decided that they did not have much to offer anymore because “things had changed from when they started working.” Frankly, I was surprised to hear this and disagreed with that opinion. Most of those I worked with in that office were on the older end of the working community but that also means that they knew policies, regulations, and their jobs inside and out because they’d been working long enough that they knew everything there was to know about their position and the organization. Not to mention the list of contacts that they had grown over the years. I just found it sad that this superior seemed to not care or take into account how much knowledge and experience they were willing to essentially throw away in exchange for someone 20 years younger. Watching The Intern brought that conversation back to mind.
All in all, I think it’s a great movie that manages to balance the comedic scenes with the more touching, sweet scenes while also making a relevant point about our work culture. What do you guys think?